Jerusalem Open Spaces


Project prepared for the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies


The policy of sustainable development of the Jerusalem open spaces distinguishes between the elements of function and characteristic of these areas in an urban context:

  • Acquiring an image and an identity: The function of the areas whilst emphasizing the uniqueness and status of the city within the surrounding region and the city itself, both from a historical-geographical perspective of a walled city divided from its surroundings and from that of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as well as a religious and universal centre with great significance for a large percentage of the world's population.

  • Function: functionality of open spaces, providing an open area in an urban setting for recreational and leisure activities, a place of refuge from the fast pace of city life for the local residents as well as from its congestion and intensity.

These two elements have differing planning and pragmatic expressions: there are open spaces which include only one of them and others which encompass both elements.